N01678 IN THE REALMS OF FANCY c. 1898
Inscr. ‘Melton Fisher’ t.l.
Canvas painted circle, 48 1/2×48 (122·5×122).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1898.
Exh: R.A., 1898 (109).
Repr: Royal Academy Pictures, 1898, p.123; Art Journal, 1898, p.183.
When Melton Fisher returned from Venice he continued to paint contemporary genre, as in the ‘Clerkenwell Flower Makers’ 1896, but soon turned to more fanciful subjects, specializing in groups of children and young girls. The first of these was ‘The Children's Picnic’ of 1897 and the second was No.1678. The first drawing for this subject, in chalk, is reproduced in the Art Journal, 1899, p.239.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I